Results from the Kalamalka Crossing are posted. ** Subject to final corrections **
Queen of Kalamalka: Tamlyn Bohm, Kelowna
King of Kalamalka: Jason Bennett, Vancouver
Jr. Queen of Kalamalka: Emma Peterson, Coldstream
Jr. King of Kalamalka: Ian Dunlop, Kelowna
We are moving next year’s Kalamalka Classic off of the Long Weekend to August 25 & 26th. And yes!, back to the 2-day Festival format with the Rail Trail Recreational Run, Wikiholo, Keikiholo and the 9th Annual Kalamalka Crossing.
Be part of Canada’s iconic Bucket list SUP Races – The 8th Annual Kalamalka Crossing. A scenic 10-mile trek across the full length of the colourful lake. Do it for the exercise, for the challenge, or race it to beat the clock and a shot at King and Queen of Kalamalka Title.
Where do you fit in?
You can choose between crossing the lake for the pure fun of doing it or race across to beat the clock. There are categories for Open (Recreational) and Competitive paddlers. (Open is divided into age groups)
Think you can’t do it? Think again – here’s some inspiration:
If you have already attended the Kal Classic, then you’ll find a few more reasons to return to the 8th annual Festival. If you haven’t had the chance to do the ‘Kal Classic’, here are 10 fresh reasons to join us this year. Pick n’ choose!
** Update **
Congratulations to Sarah Lewis of Burnaby BC – She’s our Winner.
We’re serving up a contest for everyone who registers for the 8th Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival online or at the shop on or before the 20th of August. One lucky winner gets a FREE NIGHT at SPARKLING HILL RESORT (with no blackout dates).
No fine print, no crazy rules, just a nice incentive to register early and then have a really great chance to enjoy their amazing resort.
The less-than-sticky rules:
Sparkling Hill Resort, built in 2010, is the premier wellness resort spa destination in North America. Offering 149 luxury rooms and penthouses, 40,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art health facilities at KurSpa, and a breathtaking setting on Lake Okanagan, Sparkling Hill Resort offers a range of amenities and services that is unprecedented in North America. By combining a European-style approach to wellness hospitality with cutting-edge crystal architecture and state-of-the-art spa facilities, Sparkling Hill in Canada provides guests with an extraordinarily unique destination spa resort experience.
New Event for 2017! This is a TEAM stand up paddle board race that will take place after the Keiki Holo Kids Race on Saturday. Paddlers will compete in teams of four on 22 ft stand up paddle boards in head-to-head races with the fastest teams advancing.
** Clarification on the Championship in Barbados ** Any teams of four battling it out at the Kalamalka Classic are qualified to race at the DRAGON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Paddlers must register as a team of four in one of two divisions:
Competitive (Co-ed) – $100 (PRIZE MONEY).
Mixed Bag (Co-ed)- $60 (PRIZES AND FUN)
Approx Start Time: 2:30pm, Saturday September 2
Location: Kalamalka Lake Beach (West Side)
The 22 ft Dragon SUP, paddle, and PFDs will all be provided as part of your registration.
Vancouver’s Shannon Bell has earned herself two Queen of Kalamalka Crowns since the Kal Classic started in 2010. She’s coming off one of her best seasons yet but an injury has stalled her momentum. We think she’ll bounce back quickly with a chance to retain her crown. Here’s your chance to meet the Queen of Kalamalka and find out what fuels her passion for all things SUP and family.
Life is great with the four of us. We just did a few SUP surf trips to Tofino for both the boys birthdays. Our kids are old enough now to carry their own boards and sup surf on their own. It is so much fun being able to do an activity together that we all love.
As a family we are always doing something outdoors: stand-up paddling, biking, swimming, hiking,or playing ball sports in the back yard.
At this time of year my days are pretty full. This is what my day looked like today: Woke up, got the kids fed, lunches made, biked to school to drop off kids, came home and make a smoothie/ate breakfast – Then headed to the beach to work for the day, got a short quality swim workout in, watched the sunset and then came home to tuck the kids in and talk about their day.
On the international level I would say The Gorge was my best performance because I was racing the top women in the world and placed 4th in the technical race and 6th in the distance race. Another race that I did well at and was a highlight for me was the Maui Jim Oceanfest in Maui, Hawaii. The event has all the water sports that I have competed in over my life: swim, sup, prone, outrigger and surfski. I ended up placing 2nd in the Waterwomen race and 3rd overall after 10 ocean events.
My goal at the moment is to get my body back to racing shape. I have been recovering from an injury and have taken the last 2 months off paddling to recover. My ultimate goal would be to get back into racing form by August and get back into the top 10 in the world rankings
The Kalamalka Classic race is one we always look forward to every year. It is such a family friendly event and love coming up to visit my folks and race at the same time. I hope to have the training behind me this year to keep my “Queen” title.
My family, friends, Trident sports (Starboard), Maui Jim Sunglasses, Great Bear Bites, Nicole Fournier (My amazing physiotherapist and friend).
I have such a full schedule that I use a lot of the local races to get some good quality training in. I also like to mix my paddling training up with some quality swim workouts. I love Trail repeats for a short quality workout and they always get my heart rate up fast. Gary and I also remind each other that “A rest day is a training day”.
An Archer “My Mom always told me to shoot for the stars”
Shannon Bell, 2016
An amazing day on the lake for the Kalamalka Crossing culminated in the crowing of 4 new winners. Jason Bennett and Shannon Bell of Vancouver captured the King and Queen of Kalamalka while Mia Wheatley-Maltais (Comox) and Jeffrey Spencer (Hawaii) took the honours in the Junior division.
Got kids and wondering what’s in it for them? The Kal Classic is even more kid-friendly than ever. More than 40 kids were part of the Keiki Holo last year and we’re expecting even more this year.
KEIKI HOLO KIDS RACE & PRE-RACE CLINIC (with Lina Augaitis)
All kids 13 & Under and welcome to be a part of the action. A short pre-race clinic will be hosted by Lina Augaitis followed by the KeikiHolo Kids race where the emphasis is on sportspersonship and good times – Having won the Kal Classic 4 times, Lina will get the kids stoked about SUP and ready for action.
Kids Clinic: Approx 1pm
Keiki Holo Kids Race: Following the Wiki Holo Qualifying Heats
Under the main Tent – Kids are treated to an afternoon of creative fun. All Colouring Contest entrants are entered into the draw for a FREE Paddleboard (donated by Kalavida Surf Shop). Their entries are combined with the kids who enter the kids paddleboard clinic and fun race.
This event is by donation (recommended $5.00) with proceeds g0ing to support SPKL (Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake)
Lina Augaitis of Vancouver and Stuart Robinson of Comox are the reigning Queen and King of Kalamalka. Will they return to defend their crowns?
This year, we are proud to announce the addition of a Junior Queen (Princess just sounds wierd) and Junior King titles to the overall awards. Ages 14-18yrs (day of the event) are eligible. More details to follow.